McKinney ISD

 

District Assessments

McKinney ISD utilizes a variety of assessments to gather data on student ability and achievement levels in order to make instructional decisions in the best interest of each student. The assessments currently in use with some students within MISD include:

Credit by Examination 2016-17

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MAP (Measures of Academic Progress)

MAP is a nationally normed, standardized achievement test published by NWEA. This assessment instrument uses a computer based, adaptive test to measure a student’s current academic achievement level relative to the national normative data. The assessments are given three times annually to students beginning in Grade 2 and include the subject areas of Reading, Mathematics, and Science.

TAKS Testing

For the June 2017 Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) exit level tests, out-of-school (OOS) examinees (including former TAAS and TEAMS examinees) must register online at TexasAssessment.com/taksoos. Registration is currently open and ends May 26, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. (CT). Examinees who do not register by May 26, 2017, will need to wait until the next administration in October to participate. A list of participating campuses can be found at TexasAssessment.com/takstestsites.

McKinney ISD’s testing site for June administration will be held at McKinney North High School (2550 Wilmeth Rd, McKinney).

The June TAKS exit level tests will be administered as follows:

  • June 19, 2017 (English Language Arts)
  • June 20, 2017 (Mathematics)
  • June 21, 2017 (Science)
  • June 22, 2017 (Social Studies)

On the day(s) of testing, examinees should arrive at the test site 30 minutes before the designated testing time of 7:45am. Examinees must present picture identification, such as a driver’s license, DPS ID, military ID, school ID, or resident alien card to test. Examinees will not be allowed to take the test(s) without a picture ID.

IAAT (Iowa Algebra Aptitude Test)

The IAAT is a nationally normed, standardized aptitude test published by Riverside Publishing. This assessment instrument involves a paper based instrument that helps measure a student’s aptitude for learning Algebra relative to the national normative data. The assessment is administered in the Spring semester to all students in Grade 7 Pre-AP Mathematics classes and to select Grade 7 Mathematics students to assess Algebra I readiness and make placement decisions for the mathematics course in subsequent academic year.

CogAT (Cognitive Abilities Test)

CogAT is a nationally normed, standardized ability test published by Riverside Publishing. This assessment instrument involves a paper based instrument designed to assess a student’s reasoning and problem solving abilities relative to the national normative data. The instrument includes a Verbal Battery, a Quantitative Battery, and a Nonverbal Battery. The assessment is administered to select students throughout the year and is used to make placement decisions within the Gifted and Talented program.

ITBS and ITED (Iowa Test of Basic Skills and Iowa Tests of Educational Development)

ITBS and ITED are nationally normed, standardized achievement tests published by Riverside Publishing. Together the ITBS and ITED allow for the measurement of students from Kindergarten through grade 12 in the areas of Reading, Language, Mathematics and critical thinking. This assessment instrument involves a paper based instrument to measure a student’s current academic achievement level relative to the national normative data. The assessments are administered to select students throughout the year and are primarily used to make placement decisions within the Gifted and Talented program.

TPRI (Texas Primary Reading Inventory)

The TPRI is an assessment tool that provides a comprehensive picture of a student’s reading/language arts development. The TPRI involves both screening and inventory tools to help teachers monitor Reading acquisition and to identify strengths and problem areas in student’s Reading ability. The TPRI is administered to students in Kindergarten through Grade 2 in a one-on-one setting by the classroom teacher. The instrument is used up to three times annually. For students whose primary Reading language is Spanish the Tejas Lee assessment instrument is used in place of the TPRI.

DRA (Developmental Reading Assessment)

The DRA is an assessment tool administered by the classroom teacher that provides information about a student’s reading ability, fluency, and language arts development. The DRA involves both tools to help teachers monitor progress in Reading and word skills. The DRA is administered to students in Kindergarten and Grade 1 in a one-on-one setting by the classroom teacher. The instrument is used up to three times annually.

District Created End of Semester Exams

The district End-of-Semester Exams are creating through a partnership between Curriculum staff in the content areas and our strongest academic area teachers. The exams are given at the end of each semester, Fall and Spring, to Grades 6 through 12 students in the academic course areas including English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. The content of the exams is based on the curriculum for each course during the semester and follows the rigor and expectations included in the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills, or TEKS, required for each course. The format of the test is largely multiple choice to allow for faster scoring of the majority of the tests, with some portions of the tests including other types of testing formats that are hand-scored by classroom teachers.

State Mandated Assessments

In addition to the instructional information gained through the assessment instrumented listed above, the Texas Education Agency also prescribes certain assessments to be administered to students throughout the year. The tests included in the state system include:

  • TAKS (Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills) – Based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills, or TEKS, for each grade level. The TAKS tests (including the TAKS-Accommodated, TAKS-Modified, and TAKS-Alternate versions) are administered annually to students in Grades 3 through 11 in the areas of Reading/English-Language Arts, Writing, Mathematics, Science, and/or Social Studies. High school students must pass all four portions of the Grade 11 Exit Level TAKS exams in order to receive a high school diploma in Texas.
  • TELPAS (Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System) – The TELPAS is administered to students who are identified as Limited English Proficient in Kindergarten through Grade 12. The TELPAS uses a holistic rating system to assess acquisition of English language skills in the areas of Listening, Speaking, and Writing. In addition students in Kindergarten and Grade 1 are rated on their Reading ability while students in Grades 2 through 12 take a separate Reading assessment.
  • End-of-Course Assessments – The state developed End-of-Course assessments have been in development for the past few years and are still in the field testing process. Exams that have been previously field tested are available for districts to use optionally with students to determine performance within the tested courses. At this time MISD does elect to use these online exams with select courses. Annually the TEA asks districts to participate in the field testing of new exams as they are created. Ultimately the EOC exams will consist of 12 assessments in the areas of English I, English II, English III, Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, World History, World Geography, and US History. Beginning with the freshman class of 2011-2012 the TAKS testing requirement for graduation will be replaced with the End-of-Course exams and high school students will be required to pass a combination of tests within each discipline area.

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